Written by Emily
Now that I’m a mom, it’s even more important for me to have a hand on the pulse of social and cultural trends. And I do. I totally do. I’m not just listening and watching and reading for enjoyment anymore. I’m listening and watching and reading with my children in mind.
I can say with certainty that I’m excited to raise children in an atmosphere of acceptance, not just tolerance but real acceptance. I’m particularly enthusiastic about the role and treatment of women as inclusive members of society with a real hand in their future.
With conversation starters like Sheryl Sandberg in power positions encouraging women to “lean-in,” I’m sure my girls will walk with confidence into the workplaces of their choice.
It’s really an exciting time.
And it’s not just about my girls. It’s about Noah, too. We’re carving out a place for men to redefine masculinity, to embrace a new way of seeing themselves and each other. We’re giving our children the tools to challenge, dissect and rebuild the archaic models represented in ancient texts. Thank goodness.
My babes are just that: babes. They’re working on embracing their differences in the safety of our home. They’re still learning how their language and behaviors shape one another and become the foundation of their world view and belief systems. Thankfully, outside the home, there are signs of balances in power and insights into equality defined by fairness and not sameness.
We’ve come so far.
So often we hear that it takes a community to raise a child. Truer words have never been spoken. When I hold my children’s hands in our community, I’m proud of the work we’re doing. The message is loud and clear that my littles will not only have a voice, but they will be heard.
They will not only be able to choose their paths, they will be supported in their efforts.
Raising children is no easy task. But when the values reflected in our social and cultural fabric validate the messages my kids hear at home, I’m encouraged.
We’re in this together.
My children and I are very lucky indeed.
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